Sunshine and a great walleye bite made for a perfect Minnesota fishing opener with some limits of walleye seen on area lakes, according to DNR conservation officer Nikki Shoutz.
Enforcement action was taken on angling with extra line, northern over limit, insufficient life jackets in watercraft and no angling license in possession, she said.
A teenage angler fishing with two adult men was happy to share that they had nine walleyes and four were over 20 inches. Statewide regulation stipulates only one walleye in possession per angler over 20 inches. They breathed a sigh of relief when Shoutz measured the four longest walleyes and found three were over 20 inches. None of the men had ever heard of this statewide regulation.
From left, DJ Hess held up a walleye and Pete Hess showed a northern he had just caught Saturday morning, May 15, on Gull Lake, where Pete said he has fished on the walleye and northern pike opener for 22 years.
Miss Nisswa Renee Kardell handed out complimentary coffee to an angler on Gull Lake as part of the Nisswa Chamber of Commerces longstanding Welcome Wannigan tradition.
From left, Matthew Fabian Jr., 10; Hunter Ebnet, 10; and Bryce Fabian, 7, showed off their stringer of walleyes caught Saturday, May 15, on the Whitefish Chain. The three are good friends who attend Eagle View Elementary School.
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